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   Chantalle is a 2014 alumna of the College of William & Mary as well as a former Teach For America corps member. Receiving her master’s degree in teaching from the Relay Graduate School of Education in 2017, she is currently in her sixth year of service as an educator. Over the course of her career she has led in choral, special education, and English classrooms. Chantalle is also committed to pursuing educational leadership beyond the classroom, participating in both the national Rural School Leaders Academy (2016-2018) as well as the Delaware Department of Education’s Educators as Catalyst Fellowship (2016).Through these opportunities Chantalle explored her ability to be an educational change agent which led her to her current service as the vice board chair of the Bryan Allen Stevenson School of Excellence. This emerging charter school is near and dear to her heart. She believes in the potential of Delaware’s students, especially in Sussex County: If we hold high expectations for our students and support them in reaching them, the sky’s the limit. 

 

The authenticity of Bryan's work is what is most inspiring to me. Whenever you hear Mr. Stevenson speak, you can tell the fervor of how much he believes that the work he is doing is the right work and the most necessary work. He is also deeply committed to listening to others and collaborating with them, which are also values I hold.That is in part one of the primary reasons why I loved the concept of building a school that supports his ideology. I have been a part of this process since before it was a fully crystallized idea. I think the thing that drew me to this particular board is the commitment to making positive change for our students that is innovative but grounded in the context of the place in which we live. I know that these same principles show up in Mr. Stevenson's work and there is every reason that they should show up in our schools as well. My hope for the students and families of Sussex County, Delaware is that they really believe that anything is possible. I often find that students seem limited by their circumstances. It is hard for them to imagine a life that's different from the ones they see every day, but I believe a service-learning curriculum can really positively add to those students' visions of what is possible. On one hand, this type of curriculum can help students and families find out about services that could benefit their own families. But additionally, when we put students in the roles of service providers, they begin to see themselves as leaders in their community, which is a vision of self that's hard to let go once you've seen it. We need our students and families to be empowered and the potential of this curriculum model is to do just that. 

 

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